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Old 12-05-2012, 04:43 AM   #11
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The above mentioned maverick 88 is good, mossberg 500, 535, 835 all are good. A used 870 remington would be good as well.

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Home defense barrels are to thin for shooting skeet. After he shoots 10 rounds the barrel will be so hot he will have problems loading the gun. A skeet barrel is long and heavy compared to a SD barrel. He really needs a 28" barrel for skeet shooting.

$300 is not an adequate budget to get a semi-auto shotgun. $300 isn't enough to get a pump combo with a 28" skeet barrel and a 18.5" SD barrel. Maybe you can get another family member to match your $300.
Troll much lately? Buddy is just asking for advice not to be shat on. 300 ish WILL get you a pump with 28" and 18.5" barrel. Mossberg 500. I did that and it works great.
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Thank you for all your replies. I realize that a pump may be better because it will open up a larger group of choices. He is also a novice when it comes to shotguns so maybe it would be best if I get him something simple. What are some good, cool, and affordable pumps that are in my budget? PLEASE HELP time is wasting away as I approach Christmas.

For those of you who are familiar with armslist here is what what is around me.

http://www.armslist.com/classifieds/search?location=illinois&category=shotguns&sellert ype=1

If you have time to kill please help me out. (New guns from sites are welcome too)

Thanks again everyone
Mossberg 500, 590 Maverick 88 or Remington 870 are all good reliable guns available in a variety of styles with a ton of aftermarket parts available for customizing. Mossberg, and probably Remington, makes a combo package with an 18" HD barrel as well as a longer 24" or more field barrel that would be suitable for skeet. Swapping the barrels takes all of 5 minutes and requires no special skills or tools, just twist of the magazine cap and pop off the barrel.

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Picked up a maverick 88 earlier this year for just a little over $300 and I love it! Great quality, works like a charm with about 75 shells through her. You can definitely feel the quality in your hands, and I've never once regretted her wishing I had paid a little more for something else. Totally customizable for everything you would "need" in my opinion. She's the girl I've got next to the bed side and depend on for home protection.

Maverick 88 5+1 w/ 20" barrel

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You can get a Stevens combo and have enough left to buy another gift.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/37_973/products_id/78655/Stevens+320C+12GA+28MOD18.5CYL

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I would find somebody that knows a little about guns to go with you and hit the pawn shops you can find a lot of good deals at pawn shops

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I decided to go with the maverick 88 because it's his first shotgun. Thanks for your help everyone.

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I decided to go with the maverick 88 because it's his first shotgun. Thanks for your help everyone.
He wont be disappointed and if he wants the gun as a dual purpose firearm and intends to hunt with it I would buy the longer vent rib barrel with interchangable choke tubes, IF you wanna be nice lol
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